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Success! Harlow Town Centre will be lit up for Christmas

Communities / Tue 4th Nov 2014 at 12:06pm

FOLLOWING a month long appeal, the Harlow Town Centre Partnership and Harlow Council has secured funding which will help light up Harlow Town Centre this Christmas.

This year the Partnership listed the project on Spacehive, the world’s first funding platform for civic projects to help fund projects that make places better. Harlow Council worked with the Partnership to encourage support from the private sector to pledge and make sure that Christmas lighting and the 30ft Norway spruce is put up in Broad Walk. Support was received from eight supporters, with over £6,000 pledged from just two organisations ensuring that the project reached its goal.

Places for People, a property and leisure management, development and regeneration company, and Courtenay Investments Limited, a town centre property owner and Town Centre Partnership member, both pledged and along with the £117 from individual pledges, their generosity has meant that the project will go ahead.

Mary Parsons, Group Director Placemaking and Regeneration at Places for People said:

“Places for People passionately believes in the importance of working in partnership with local communities. Our proposal for development at Gilston Park Estate, to the north of Harlow is a long-term vision for providing much-needed homes in the area, as well as helping bring more life to Harlow town centre. If this vision is to be realised it is crucial that we work alongside organisations such as Harlow Town Centre Partnership, which is why we are delighted to help the Partnership light up Harlow this Christmas.”

Richard Osband, Director of Courtenay Investments, said:

“As a long standing property owner in Harlow Town Centre, the Courtenay Group of Companies is committed to supporting the Town Centre Partnership and has done for many years. The Christmas lighting scheme in Broad Walk creates a welcoming and festive environment for the benefit of our tenants, residents and shoppers of the town centre and we are pleased, as always to support the project.”

Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Enterprise, Harlow Council said:

“This year the Town Centre Partnership wanted to explore different funding opportunities, including crowd funding, for the Christmas lights. This is the first time this route has been taken and it is great news that the appeal has attracted funding from the private sector along with donations from individuals. Harlow Council was always committed to ensuring that that there is Christmas lights in Broad Walk whatever happens but we wanted to look at different ways the lights could be funded to reduce the financial contribution we make.”

The project was listed on Spacehive in the hope to attract match funding from Experian through their Save Santa campaign. Unfortunately Experian did not approve the application, however £6,000 from Harlow Council, along with £1,500 from the Harvey Shopping Centre will meet the funding shortfall.

It is planned that the lights will be switched on in Broad Walk, Market Square and the Harvey Centre Approach on Friday 14 November 2014.

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